|The roots of Ranunculus aconitifolius are hairy, fibrous, and form a clump. Leaves are palmately lobed, dark green, shiny, and toothed. Red buds in the spring develop into saucer-shaped panicles of white flowers, to 3/4 inches wide. Sepals are red to purple.
Plant grows to 24 inches tall and 18 inches wide. Up to 250 species of this tuber or fiberous rooted perennial, but really only 2 widely available. The Persian Ranunculus, (Ranunculus asiaticus), is a tuber which produces stalks 1-1/2 feet tall, bearing colorful, rose-like flowers in the spring. If double, blooms are tightly bundled bunches of delicate petals. Single flowers have five petals. Both flowers have blue-black or brown-black centers.
Fall planting will result in winter flowers in milder areas. In cooler areas, plant in spring as soon as soil can be worked. Creeping Buttercup, has a vigorous, fiborus root system, and runners that root at the joints, making it a great ground cover or foreground plant. This yellow, spring-flowering plant thrives in sun or shade and can become invasive. Need to be dry during their summer dormant period. Leaves are finely cut and lobed, and grow basally.